"Love is Love is Love" - The Illustrious Blacks

Today The Illustrious Blacks released their incredible new single "Love is Love is Love"

Love is Love is Love

This year has taken a toll on many of us: emotionally, mentally and physically. People have been in isolation due to lockdowns and have been forced to witness many of our leaders attempt to divide and conquer. We made a conscious decision to use our talents to uplift and unify and that's what this song is about."

Earlier this year, The Illustrious Blacks released their EP, TECHNEGROCOLOR, featuring the lead single, "Step Back": an infectious and unapologetic tribute to the pioneers of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and an official clapback to those who bullied them in their past.

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Once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his gravity defying performances, gender­ bending fashions and spacey disposition. One magical night, an inexplicable ultra­magnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack and Monstah Black united and became The IllustriousBlacks.

With inspiration from artists like Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Depeche Mode and George Clinton, The IllustriousBlacks have arrived with a mission to fuse futuristic funk, hypnotic house, space disco and synth-pop into pulsating positivity for the planet. The real life married couple are not only co­-pilots on their artistic voyage, but are united in their fantastical journey through life.

In 2017, the duo The New York Times called Bed-Stuy’s “favorite creative couple,” released their highly anticipated debut EP, Neo Afro Futuristic Psychedelic Surrealistic Hippy, on Concierge Records. The EP featured the high energy single “Blast Off,” the seductive “Red Light,” the thought provoking “Delusions of Grandeur” and the anthemic “Black Like Jesus,” whose music video premiered on Billboard.com. In the same year, the dynamic duo found time to work on a remake of the 90s dance floor classic “Funk That!,” which spawned a popular music video.

Subsequent singles followed: The joyous “Revolutionary Love” was released to major praise from Paper Magazine and Out.com. “The Void (Let the Music Set U Free)” is their latest dancefloor filler and one of the most popular songs performed in their electrifying live performances.

As the result of a soul-stirring DJ set on Facebook live for the Questlove’s music hub Okayplayer, The IllustriousBlacksgarnered international fame and found themselves touring to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Canada and being booked to perform in major music festivals such as Roskilde, Splore, Return to Rio and Babylon. Back in NYC, the globetrotters took their live shows to respected venues like Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Shed, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, House of Yes, C’mon Everybody and performed opening sets for respected artists like Lalah Hathaway, Nakhane and Cupcakke.

Individually, Monstah Black and Manchildblack illuminate the galaxy with equal magnitude. As The IllustriousBlacks, they have combined their powers to save the world one beat at a time, and encourage all to LIVE THE HYPE LIFE!

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